Maralyn Mecham Chugg

1938 ~ 2023

Maralyn Mecham Chugg, our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully on April 7, 2023, in Draper, Utah surrounded by her family.

Maralyn was born on November 13, 1938, to Leonard Curtis Mecham and Maude Veil Webster in Firth, ID. She married Ray Chugg on May 4,1968 in Salt Lake City and they have one son Vern Curtis (Marla) Chugg. Ray passed away on Oct 26, 2019.

Maralyn worked at Larkin Mortuary in downtown Salt Lake City for over 50 years as a hairstylist. She loved her job and co-workers. She developed many wonderful friendships that continued on after her retirement with calls and visits.

Ray and Maralyn lived in the same neighborhood in Woods Cross for over 40 years and Maralyn often expressed how blessed she was to have such wonderful neighbors and friends, who cared for and took care of each other.

Maralyn believed in family and was always accommodating and loved to see others happy. She was known as "Aunt M and M" to the little ones and enjoyed seeing the joy on their faces when giving them a bag of treats. She was very close to her son. Both he and her daughter-in-law will miss her voice to text messages, which always ended in "send it" or "I love you bob" (meaning both). She always wanted to check in and keep in touch with those she loved. Maralyn had a special bond with her sisters and their spouses and loved them dearly. She was grateful for them and everything they did for her and family through the years.

Maralyn loved the Utah Jazz and was an avid fan. She had several items in her home proudly displayed. She rarely missed a game and kept track of how they were doing each season.

To say Maralyn loved Christmas was an understatement. The decorations, the lights, music, and the overall feeling of the season was magical. She was Santa's most faithful believer and fan. She had many Christmas decorations throughout her home during the holidays and some that stayed up year-round. She loved anything that had lights. Not only did her Christmas decorations have lights, but other holiday decorations as well. She had her own Elf on a Shelf and loved to call her nieces and nephews to discuss what things he had been up to during the days before Christmas. She was known to open presents early and re-wrap them if you put them under the tree. Maralyn really kept Christmas in her heart all year round as she was kind, generous, made friends easily and saw the good in people.

Maralyn is survived by her son Vern (Marla) Chugg and sisters Beverly (Keith) Fullmer and Margaret Waltman, several nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.

Maralyn's family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of Beacon Crest Assisted living and Inspiration Home Health and Hospice for the wonderful care given to Maralyn during her stay at Beacon Crest. She made many new friends there and was impressed with the care she received while living there.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday April 12, 2023 from 6-8 pm at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City and from 10-10:45 am on Thursday, April 13th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Woods Cross 5th Ward Chapel, 2064 South 800 West, Woods Cross, Utah, with the funeral service beginning at 11 am. Interment will take place at the Bountiful Cemetery, 2224 S 200 West, Bountiful, Utah 84010 after the funeral service.

For those unable to attend, a recording of the services will be available for 30 days via Zoom. Please click on the watch services link above.


Vern, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. She will be deeply missed. She was a great friend and great neighbor. I think about your dad often I wish he was here I used to go over and talk with him every other day. i’m just sorry.

- Kelly Spencer,, and Carolin Spencer

I will miss you dear sweet cousin, our visit together. My deepest sympathy to Vern and Marla.

- Judy Lueders

Vern and Marla we're so sorry for your loss. We love Maralyn. She is such a sweetheart and a beautiful person. We will all miss her lovely personality.

- Dieter &Colleen

I am Maralyn’s cousin, Weldon Webster’s daughter.
I am so sorry to hear of Maralyn’s passing.
Maralyn was a very sweet and kind person.
My prayers for her family at this sad time, it’s hard to loose a loved one but am grateful for the resurection that our Savior provided for us.

- Eileen Webster Caldwell

I will miss Maralyn, She was a wonderful person and friend. My condolences to the entire family.

- Jane Larkin Fischer

We are heartbroken to learn of Maralyn's passing. She was a sweet neighbor and we missed her. We loved visiting her and Ray, especially my Grandkids Phaedra and Robbie. They loved her as an adopted Grandma. We hope the family finds peace and comfort through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Neil Jacobsen

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at the mortuary with my dad. When I think of that time, the first person that comes to mind is Maralyn! She was always so fun and kind! Even as I got older and moved a way, whenever I ran into her she was so sincere, kind, and amazing! What a wonderful person! My condolences to her family!

- David Larkin

I had the amazing joy and privilege of getting to know Maralyn while she lived at Beacon Crest. My mom and I enjoyed playing games, doing crafts and going shopping with Maralyn. We also had a small group that would meet for “girl’s night” and watch tv and have snacks after hours! I think what I will miss most about Maralyn is her quick wit and dry sense of humor! We both got such a kick out of giving each other a hard time!
I miss her so much already and will always think of her as she has a special place in my heart! My love and condolences to you all.

- Becka Burns

The world became a better place the day you were born. You were so full of love and Grace. You always made sure the people around you knew how much you cared..
I have no doubt that you are making heaven a better place, with you bright smile, and beautiful soul. I know we will meet again. I love and will miss you Always

- Zabrina Barton

I will always be grateful that Marilyn was a good friend and support for me in my formative years.

- Ron Larkin

Love you and thinking of you. Wish we could be there!!

- John and Marsha

I loved working with Maralyn. She was alway so joyful. When a group of friends half her age went to dinner she was invited and came along and we had an absolute blast with her there. She always had a little bag of goodies for the kids for me to take home. You’d catch her humming a Christmas tune in June or July. She always liked talking about Texas with me. Thank you for sharing her with us.

- Brandon Glade